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GirlsDoPorn.com faces trial for allegedly filming 22 women under false pretenses

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GirlsDoPorn.com faces trial for allegedly filming 22 women under false pretenses

"My whole town back home knows," one alleged victim said. "This ruined my life."

Almost two dozen women say they were tricked into appearing in pornographic videos on the prominent porn site GirlsDoPorn. They sued the owner of the site, Michael Pratt, for fraud in 2016. The trial began in mid-August and is expected to run for more than a month.

One of the victims wrapped up her testimony in a San Diego courtroom on Monday.

“If I had known that they were posting it on the Internet, that my name would be attached to it, that it would be in the United States," the woman identified as Jane Doe 15 said in court, according to the Daily Beast. "If I had known that it was more than 30 minutes of filming, if I had known any of that, just any one of those, I wouldn't have done it.”

The victims of the alleged scheme were young women aged 18 to 23 who initially responded to online ads for clothed modeling gigs. But no such opportunities materialized. Instead, they were contacted by men who encouraged them to appear in a pornographic video.

Most of the women were reluctant, but they were offered as much as $5,000 for 30 minutes on camera—an offer that some women found hard to refuse. Women say they were told that the videos would only be distributed on DVDs outside the United States.

The plaintiffs say that this was all lies. The men planned to post the videos directly to the GirlsDoPorn website—as well as uploading shorter clips to free porn sites like PornHub and YouPorn. After they had traveled to San Diego, the women say they were pressured to sign lengthy contracts before they had time to read them carefully. Women were told they would receive less than the agreed-upon price—in one case, $3,000 rather than $5,000—because the men were "disappointed" with their appearance.

A woman says she was paid to lie to other women

To assuage their fears, prospective women were connected with other women to serve as references and reassure them that the videos wouldn't appear online. Some had shot their own videos so recently that they hadn't yet been posted online. But others were women who had never shot their own videos, but they were instead paid to say otherwise.

In a court declaration, one of the women said that Andre Garcia—the male talent in a number of the videos and a central figure in Pratt's operation—"coached me on how to correspond with the prospective women to gain their trust, even if that included telling lies and hiding information."

She said Garcia encouraged her to "tell the prospective women that I too had previously filmed a video for them, even though I had never done so." She was also coached "to tell the women that I come from a small town, shot a video for them, that no one has found out, and that the women had nothing to worry about, and to tell prospective women the videos they filmed would never be released in the United States or on the Internet."

She said she was paid $50 to $200 for each call she took from women, depending on the attractiveness and age of the women.

"This ruined my life"

The women's videos generally appeared on the GirlsDoPorn site under a pseudonym, but this provided little protection. Inevitably, someone who knew the woman would notice the video and share it. It then circulated rapidly among the woman's real-life friends and acquaintances.

After this happened to Jane Doe 15, she texted a woman who had helped convince her to do the video.

“Hey, you lied to me, and they lied to me,” she wrote in a text message. “It’s on a website now and my whole town back home knows. This ruined my life.”

This didn't just lead to embarrassment with friends and family—it could also lead to harassment by strangers, the plaintiffs point out.

"Since being launched in 2009, GirlsDoPorn has grown in popularity and generated a cult-like following of hobbyists/stalkers who obsess over the amateur women featured in the videos," the plaintiffs wrote in a legal filing. "Dozens of websites, forums, and message boards exist dedicated solely to publishing victims' real names, hometowns, social media accounts, photographs, and other personal information."

Indeed, the plaintiffs say Pratt and his associates directly contributed to this stalker-like behavior. In July 2015, personal information about numerous GirlsDoPorn victims was published on a website called pornwikileaks.com, a site that specializes in publishing personal information about pornographic actresses.

Later the same year, the plaintiffs say, "administrative control of pornwikileaks.com was transferred to a person using the email address mike@bll-media.com—a known email used by Pratt." Afterwards, "none of the information regarding defendants' victims was taken down, and in January 2016, advertisements for GirlsDoPorn with hyperlinks began appearing in posts on PornWikileaks.com." According to the lawsuit, personal information about women appearing in GirlsDoPorn videos was only removed in mid-2016—after women filed their lawsuit.

On Thursday, porn site Bang Bros purchased control of PornWikileaks and shut it down—promising that it would never again host personal information about porn actresses. It's not clear who Bang Bros paid for the domain or how much money changed hands.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs say they have personally talked to well over 100 women who have complaints similar to the 22 women who filed lawsuits. However, they say many other women are afraid that defendants will do everything they can to embarrass women who come forward—asking intrusive questions about their personal lives, seeking to strip them of anonymity, and even seeking permission to show the women's pornographic videos in open court. This week, a judge rejected a request by defendants to play one of the women's GirlsDoPorn videos during the trial.


Besides this, they should also be charged for the horrible makeup they put on the women.

Those guys are cunts though.

 
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Let's be honest, It's the age of the internet. Even if it was only going to be distributed on DVDs outside of North America, did they really think the videos would actually stay outside of North America? That's some serious naivety.
They paid people to be plants, lying to the girls about having done it and it being fine. That's some elaborate scheming to dismiss as "should've known". Besides, it doesn't matter if they should've known, this is clearly fraud anyway.
 
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Let's be honest, It's the age of the internet. Even if it was only going to be distributed on DVDs outside of North America, did they really think the videos would actually stay outside of North America? That's some serious naivety.
Right and Brap too. Doing porn is nasty and will most likely come back to bite you in the ass at some point in time. Not victim blaming, lying to your porno actress is just as wrong as lying to any other person but when you sign up into probably the most abuse filled industry on the planet you have to stay on your toes each step of the way or be ready to own it. I know there are women who lost their partner one way or another and desperately need money to feed their children so they turn to prostitution (my city is full of these). It is a sad reality but I think there is another way or at least there should be more avenues to take for these women.
 
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That's some elaborate scheming to dismiss as "should've known".
I mean they literally showed up for a clothed model gig and were "encouraged" by those guys to do porn. That's already shady as fuck. I would've noped right out of there if somebody tried to get me to do porn instead of what I showed up for.
 
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ladies this is why we have skype and stuff

get paid before you go get blasted in the face
 

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I could tell their videos were more realistic. The women weren't exaggerating during sex.
 

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The women's videos generally appeared on the GirlsDoPorn site under a pseudonym, but this provided little protection. Inevitably, someone who knew the woman would notice the video and share it. It then circulated rapidly among the woman's real-life friends and acquaintances.

I can't feel sorry for these girls for believing that using pseudonym can guarantee identity protection. They really think friends or acquaintances don't visit porn sites?
 
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I mean it is a little bit fucked up that they were lied to?

This is like that one time that I was drunk and horny at the Christmas party and fucked the office fat slag. Before I fucked her I was like 'this stays between us, right!' and then two days later the whole office knew my secret.

Outrageous behaviour.
 

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While they definitely appear to be naive, being straight up lied to is extremely shitty and i definitely get why they're upset. However the next time you sign up for a clothed modelling gig which turns out to be porn afterwards, just say NO.
 
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I mean it is a little bit fucked up that they were lied to?

This is like that one time that I was drunk and horny at the Christmas party and fucked the office fat slag. Before I fucked her I was like 'this stays between us, right!' and then two days later the whole office knew my secret.

Outrageous behaviour.

Better hope she don't retroactively regret it in a few years and cash in her victim card
 
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While they definitely appear to be naive, being straight up lied to is extremely shitty and i definitely get why they're upset. However the next time you sign up for a clothed modelling gig which turns out to be porn afterwards, just say NO.

Pretty much the article seems to be a whole lot of words about that they knew it was porn.

So yea there you go.]
 
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Pretty much the article seems to be a whole lot of words about that they knew it was porn.

So yea there you go.]

Apparently the ads were listed as paid modelling gigs at first and only after they applied they found out it was porn. Like i said though, they still could have declined. and expecting the videos to not spread on the internet is plain naive, not gonna defend this. However they definitely were lied to in regards to the videos which is a shitty thing to do by the producers
 

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I can understand about suing over the money. I mean if you agree on a certain amount for a certain job, you do that job and dont get paid what you settled on that isn't right. Those women should absolutely sue over that.

But everything else? Eh I dont know, it's kind of a gray area. I mean unless they signed a contract specifically stating the videos would only be sold on DVD over seas they dont have much to stand on really.

I mean come on, you can't complain about being rushed to sign a contract. That's your fault for not taking time to read it, and if they tried to rush you to sign it then you shouldn't sign it and walk away. Either way they willingly signed it and agreed to it.

And its unrealitistic to think your porn isn't going to be on the internet. Even if they really did ship it over seas on dvd it's still going to be on the internet because it will get uploaded once and get redistributed a thousand times and shared. Nothing is not on h the internet anymore.

And let's be realistic. You did a porno, for money, how is anything of what happened a surprised? You did it of your own free will and were paid to do it.

I kind of wonder how many of these girls are suing because they are having buyers remorse.
 

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ye this is how casting couch did it too, ads for other stuff then you show up and the couch is there you know the rest. I'm just saying they could willingly leave but these bruhs pull out like 5 grand in cash and a dick. they generally accept.
 
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"After they had traveled to San Diego, the women say they were pressured to sign lengthy contracts before they had time to read them carefully. "

case closed
 

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I do feel a bit sorry for them but if it was all specified on the contract then I don't see them getting much out of this.
Unless they can prove they were threatened or somehow illegally coerced into signing these contracts then ultimately the fault lies with them.

Still, no sympathy for these guys if they are going out of their way to lie. You can be a scumbag while still doing it legally, though I'm not too familiar with US law so maybe there is still something to be done. I imagine that even if it's all in the contract, if everything else is based on lies and deception there might be a case.
 
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I'm curious to see how this goes for these women. In the end, they made the choice to appear in films like this and they could've known this would end up on the internet. The company comes off as a bunch of dicks though, so I hope they're at least fined for manipulating young girls.
 

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Sounds like they were lied to every step of the way

However what should have been a huge red flag... $5000 for 30 minutes of sex. You ain’t worth all that. So preceding after that and not walking away, they could have been sold on anything
 

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If you do porn in this day and age you can expect it to end up on the internet. What were they thinking? Not that it's right what the guys behind the website did, but jesus, how naive can you be.
 

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That's real shitty. Damn. Taking dvantage of naive women with a lump of cash.

Okay with doing porn as long as no one finds out.... I can sympathize but at the same time I'm rolling my eyes.

Be interesting to see how the courts deal with this.

Remember the main talent did an AMA on Reddit. Not sure how truthful any of it is.
 
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Sounds like they were lied to every step of the way

However what should have been a huge red flag... $5000 for 30 minutes of sex. You ain’t worth all that. So preceding after that and not walking away, they could have been sold on anything

I doubt most young girls desperate for cash and willing to do porn (despite not being otherwise interested) to get it know the going rate of an average performance...
 

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I doubt most young girls desperate for cash and willing to do porn (despite not being otherwise interested) to get it know the going rate of an average performance...
Its irrelevant what the standard rate is.

You call for a modeling gig, turns out to be porn, promised $5k, suddenly is cut back when you walk in the door. All before taking your clothes off. If you weren't walking away even at that point, you are a fool.
 

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If you do porn in this day and age you can expect it to end up on the internet. What were they thinking? Not that it's right what the guys behind the website did, but jesus, how naive can you be.
You can't trust the nude pics in your private phone to not be leaked to the internet somehow. Imagine the odds of that happening when you do a professional porn movie.
 
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That looks like office worker Karen. She got the hot dog of shut up because she wanted to speak to a hot dog street vendor's manager. This Karen isn't as observant of the fact that the Hot dog vendor is the owner and doesn't take shit from office worker Karen.

Anyways, the fuck is wrong with people? The women that were duped should have had at least a shred of suspicion and doubt that what they were being told was on the up and up. A verbal promise that the people setting this shit up gave to these women should have tipped them off that the release plans for their scenes would be limited to DVD release outside was utter bullshit. Always go with a written and legally binding contract outlining everything needed to protect both these women and the "professional" porn companys asses legally...before cock goes in mouth.
 
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Its irrelevant what the standard rate is.

You call for a modeling gig, turns out to be porn, promised $5k, suddenly is cut back when you walk in the door. All before taking your clothes off. If you weren't walking away even at that point, you are a fool.

No doubt they were incredibly naive and foolish, but I certainly won't defend the people who took advantage of them considering the consequences in this scenario.
 
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Both sides at fault in my view. If you are stupid enough to do porn from an add you thought was a legit modeling ad you either need a state appointed legal guardian to make decisions for you or you really didn't fall for anything and are just suffering from sellers remorse. Likewise if you gonna start a porn business going the amateur angle to stay cheap and using even slightly deceptive tactics and don't got a seedy lawyer on retainer from the start with ironclad contracts to CYA, you deserve to be sued into bankruptcy.
 
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Promising it will never be released in US (a clear lie) should be punishable.
Hiring for one thing, then asking to do porn, shady, but not a crime, as adults should be able to handle such situations by themselves.
 
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No doubt they were incredibly naive and foolish, but I certainly won't defend the people who took advantage of them considering the consequences in this scenario.
I’m not. I hope all the girls that were lied to get big pay outs. I hope those responsible are held accountable.
 
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$3,000 - 5,000 for half an hour work.

But, but, but....... I didn't think there was anything fishy about it!
 

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It doesn't seem like you guys read everything here. If the story from the last link is true (and it does parallel stories from many former pornstars), these were very threatening, high pressure environments where the women were made to fear violence if they tried to leave. Unfortunately if the story is true there is no evidence left behind except the travel expenses paid for to show they were brought there alone.
 

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$3,000 - 5,000 for half an hour work.

But, but, but....... I didn't think there was anything fishy about it!

"But, officer, I thought I was just taking it in the ass for a casting video!!! I had no idea the company was planning on profiting off of pornographic videos!!!"

All jokes aside; are they claiming that the porno site breached a contract? Or that there was a verbal agreement that was then reneged on?
 

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The testimonies are pretty damning. Some shit went down.

The part where they revealed it was an adult shoot minutes before, with the refusal being met with a concerted effort to frighten the girls is more than suspect and quite believable. You're stuck in a resort with strangers surrounding you and asking all the money back for the voyage and hotel expenses. They might, legally, be adults, and pretend they know about life, but kids are kids, be they 18 or 23. We expect people to be the finished product by then but it's simply not true.
 
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